This is why I’ve got rotator cuff issues and impingement and bursitis and eight weeks of physical therapy.

From Resting Place: A Memoir of Grief and Healing:

“July 29, 2012

The back yard was stone-solid sienna clay when I bought this house in December, seven months ago. Fescue seeds had been scattered on top of it and covered with straw. Spring rains wet the clay and pounded the straw into it to mesh as part of the earth’s hardscape, and now the summer sun has baked it. Pottery, that’s what it is.”

In one year, I made this out of that: